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Man attempts suicide, breaks court’s window after bagging life jail

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A man attempted suicide in court on Friday in Ado Ekiti, capital of Ekiti State, after he was sentenced to life imprisonment for a rape charge.

Ajewole Fulani, 24, was convicted for robbing, kidnapping and raping two female students of the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti, on November 7, 2015 along Ikere-Igbara Odo Road.

Justice John Adeyeye held that the prosecution had proved the case beyond reasonable doubt.

The convict became emotional, furious and restless after the judgment was interpreted to him by the court’s registrar.

In a twinkling of an eye, he hit the court’s window, broke the louvres and stabbed himself with a piece of broken glass. He also attempted to stab people in the courtroom.

It took the intervention of security personnel, who grabbed the convict from injuring more people inside the court.

He was subsequently handcuffed and bundled into a waiting van.

Ajewole had on the day he committed the offence, conveyed the two college students in his commercial vehicle but soon diverted into a bush, tied them to a tree and raped them one after the other.

The victims later escaped from the scene and reported the incident at the Ikere Main Police Station along College Road.

Ajewole was first arraigned at an Ado-Ekiti Magistrate’s Court but the case was transferred to the High Court after an advice from the office of Director of Public Prosecutions.

Meanwhile, a Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital has ordered the remand of a middle-aged man, Oyeke Ikechukwu, in prison custody for allegedly raping a minor.

The accused person was said to have been arrested by the men of the Ondo State Police Command after allegedly committing the offence at Onile Street, Osukoti Akure, on May 5, 2018.

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